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Stockton Embarks on Historic Expansion of Campus
Positive changes are happening at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The campus is undergoing construction, renovation and infrastructure improvements for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and the community. While some of these changes may involve minor, temporary inconvenience, the long-term gain will be a more open, welcoming and more beautiful campus for all.
Currently in the midst of the single largest construction phase since the original Galloway Twp. Campus opened in 1971, Stockton broke ground in May on the 157,000 sq. ft. Campus Center, a building that when completed will be the centerpiece of an evolving and growing campus. It will be Stockton’s “front door” and more. The Campus Center will provide one-stop shopping for student services, eliminating the need to traverse much of the campus for student records, registration, scholarship information, the Bursar – almost anything related to the business of attending Stockton. The Campus Center has the added benefit of expanding much-needed additional classroom space in the other campus buildings, a fact that translates to better accessibility and capacity, as well as the ability to further increase course offerings.
“The Campus Center is certainly the most visible project currently underway and a very significant piece to the Facilities Master Plan,” said President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. “What may not be as readily apparent is the fact it is but one of more than 60 separate ongoing projects to improve our facilities and services. We are in the midst of a significant transformation.”
Dr. Saatkamp said these projects include expansion and renovation of the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center, a major renovation to the Elizabeth Alton Auditorium, additional housing units to advance Stockton’s evolution toward a more residential campus, in addition to the Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) system to heat and cool campus buildings in an environmentally responsible manner. Other projects include upgrades to the campus infrastructure such as telecommunications services, replacement of HVAC units and numerous office renovations around campus.
The Campus Center construction continues Stockton’s tradition of being one of the “greenest” colleges in the United States. The Center’s heating and cooling systems will run off the existing geothermal wellfield, one of the largest systems of its kind in the world. It will also have the potential to work with the new Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage system dedicated earlier this year. Both systems utilize the area’s groundwater to dramatically reduce fuel usage and emissions. It is also being built in keeping with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold Standard in sustainable design.
“This is truly going to be a smart building,” Dr. Saatkamp said, “and also a very beautiful, welcoming one.”
The building’s design includes outstretched trusses at the top of soaring interior and exterior columns, evocative of the College’s Pinelands home, and translucent skylights to allow natural sunlight to reach building occupants and to further reduce energy costs.
“The Campus Center is located at the head of what will be our Campus Green,” Dr. Saatkamp said. “It will be a centerpiece and a focal point of our facilities and also a symbol of Stockton’s rise to new heights as an institution.”
The Center is scheduled to open in early 2011, in time for the 40th anniversary of the start of classes at the Galloway Township Campus. In the meantime Dr. Saatkamp urged students, faculty, staff and visitors to exercise caution near the construction areas and to heed signage to facilitate safe transportation and movement around campus.
For construction updates, time-sensitive community information related to campus changes including transportation and parking options, WebCams of construction, the Facilities Master Plan and much more, please visit www.stockton.edu/soaring. This page offers timely suggestions on how to minimize inconvenience during this exciting time of campus change.
A summary of some additional projects:
Stockton Teacher Certification Programs Earn National Accreditation
Dr. David Carr
The teacher certification programs of the School of Education at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey have been awarded New Program Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), a national accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.
Dr. David Carr, Provost at Stockton stated, “This achievement reflects Stockton College’s consistent record of excellence in both programmatic and institutional accreditation.”
Stockton faculty, staff, and administrators have been working toward earning national accreditation since 2003. More than 1,200 teaching certificates and endorsements have been earned at Stockton during this time period.
"This accreditation represents the culmination of years of work toward ensuring high quality, accountable, state-of-the art teacher education programs," said Dr. Harvey Kesselman, Stockton’s Dean of Education.
Specifically, TEAC has awarded New Program Accreditation to the post-baccalaureate initial certification program, which certifies new teachers in elementary, middle, and secondary school subjects, and the Master of Arts in Education (MAED) program, which helps certified teachers earn additional state endorsements in special education, middle school subjects, and instructional supervision.
Founded in 1997, TEAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators, those individuals who will teach and lead in schools, pre-K through grade 12. TEAC’s goal is to support the preparation of competent, caring, and qualified professional educators.
Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the U.S. Department of Education, TEAC is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditation, the American Council on Education, Association of Teacher Educators, and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.
U.S. Attorney Chris Christie and NJ Attorney General Anne Milgram at Hughes Lecture Series in Atlantic City
On hand for the panel discussion on human trafficking were (from left) Former Sen. William Gormley, U.S. attorney Chris Christie, NJN News’ Kent Manahan, New Jersey attorney general Anne Milgram, Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. and Hughes Center Director Sharon Schulman.
Human trafficking, a growing concern throughout New Jersey, the United States and the world, was discussed recently in a forum sponsored by Stockton College’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.
A panel featuring U.S. Attorney Chris Christie and New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram packed a lecture hall at Stockton’s Carnegie Library Center in Atlantic City with invited guests including county prosecutors, law enforcement officials and representatives of social services agencies determined to aid trafficking victims.
New Jersey Network’s Kent Manahan, who moderated the panel, said the U.S. State Department estimates human trafficking is a $32 billion criminal enterprise worldwide involving between 15,000 to 18,000 victims each year in the United States alone. Worldwide, the estimate is more than two million victims annually.
“There is no polite way to say it, human trafficking amounts to slavery,” Christie said. “It is uniquely heartbreaking.” The victims are vulnerable people; often they are impoverished women from other cultures who don’t speak English, are uneducated and are motivated by trying to help their families. The perpetrators running these criminal enterprises are evil — exploiting human beings for profit.”
Milgram said New Jersey’s diversity and unique geography created a natural breeding ground for trafficking humans. “Anywhere you see a large amount of prostitution, it is safe to assume there is some human trafficking involved,” she said. “But there are more subtle forms such as domestic servitude. In our rural areas, migrant farm workers are among the victims.”
She said foreign victims are courted by traffickers who promise a better life in America. Once here, the victims’ identification is taken, they are forced into various forms of slavery and intimidated away from notifying authorities. “Frequently they are from cultures where law enforcement is more corrupt than the political system,” Christie said. “Their captors may hold their children or other family members and threaten their safety.”
The forum, part of a discussion series sponsored by the Hughes Center, was organized by former New Jersey Senator William Gormley and the Hughes Center, the College’s new public policy think tank.
“This event is what we do: take serious issues and discuss them with the public and the policy makers to help formulate future actions,” Center Director Sharon Schulman said. “We also conduct public policy research, as well as political polling and issue-oriented polling.”
Christie said local law enforcement often misses the human trafficking element in prostitution and other crimes because signs can be very subtle. Thus enforcement officials may deal with the symptom of prostitution and not the main disease of trafficking.
“If you drop Eastern European people into the middle of Lincoln, Nebraska they would stand out, but if you dropped them in New York, Philadelphia or a lot of places in New Jersey there would be many other people who speak the same language. Law enforcement might not take notice.”
Milgram mentioned another case where a woman was placed into domestic servitude for seven years and hardly ever left the house. “You can’t blame the neighbors because they never saw the victim.” She said, “You can blame the visitors to the house over the years who knew this woman was working there and looked unhealthy and undernourished.”
Milgram praised the human services agencies for the work they do in bringing traffickers to justice. “The real heroes are these agencies who find shelter and jobs for the victims so they can stay and testify in court cases, and the victims themselves for having the courage to testify,” Milgram added.
According to Christie and Milgram, there are specific steps law enforcement officials and members of the public can take to curb human trafficking:
Stockton Alumni Legacy Fund Run/Walk To Be Held on October 12
The Richard Stockton College Alumni Association is partnering with Osprey Fans (OFANS), the College’s sports booster group, to host the Stockton Alumni Legacy Fund Run/Walk at Stockton’s G. Larry James Stadium on October 12. The theme of the event is “Choose to Lose… And Overcome Obesity”. Planned activities include a 5K race as well as half-hour and hour walks for distance. All proceeds will benefit the G. Larry James Legacy Fund for Stockton scholarships.
OFANS is joining with the Alumni Association in an effort to heighten engagement and participation within the Stockton community and beyond. “We are pleased to be working in conjunction with Stockton athletics for two good causes - fighting obesity and raising money for scholarships that will benefit Stockton students,” said Sara Faurot Crowley, Stockton Director of Alumni Relations.
The Stockton Alumni Legacy Fund Run/Walk marks the fourth consecutive year that the Stockton Alumni Association is hosting a health and fitness event. “We are excited to continue our efforts in promoting health and wellness,” said Joanne Hackett, Stockton Alumni Association President. “We’re looking to expand the event into a more comprehensive health fair, engaging more students, alumni and community members.”
Those who are interested in participating or attending the Stockton Alumni Legacy Fund Run/ Walk can register online or download an application at www.raceforum.com and view the events for October 12. For more information, please call (609) 626-3604 or e-mail email@example.com.
Stockton College Prepares for 6th Annual Golf Classic
The Sixth Annual Stockton College Golf Classic is set to take place Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Twp., one of Golfweek magazine’s “Top 100 Modern Golf Courses in the United States” designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
Co-Chairpersons for the event are Tony Coppola, of the “Historic Towne of Smithville;” and Robin Stoloff, of NBC 40 TV. Philadelphia Flyers’ Hall of Famer and current radio analyst Brian Propp will participate and golfers will have the opportunity to take part in a “Beat the Propp” contest.
The Golf Classic raised in excess of $100,000 last year, a 25 percent increase over 2006. The event proved to be so successful that two separate sessions are planned this year: an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and a 1:30 afternoon shotgun. A light breakfast and registration precede the early session, with a noon lunch prior to the afternoon shotgun start. There will be a dinner reception at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Stockton College Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Beautiful Hidden Creek Golf Club will be the site for the Sixth Annual Stockton College Golf Classic.
The Second Annual Corona Cup will be awarded with additional prizes for low gross, and top low net foursomes in the scramble/shotgun start format event. There will also be individual contest prizes for men and women including closest to the pin, longest drive and a putting contest.
Cost is $250 per person, for a morning teetime, $900 per foursome. Afternoon tee times are $275 per person, $1,000 per foursome. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.
The presenting sponsor for the outing is Wachovia. Additional sponsors include: Atlantic Auto Group, Carrabbas Italian Grill, Historic Towne of Smithville, Kramer Beverage Company, NBC 40, Ole Hansen & Sons, Shore Memorial and many others.
For more information, please call the Stockton College Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at (609) 652-4830.
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